The making of a disease: Female sexual dysfunction

Ray Moynihan*

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The corporate sponsored creation of a disease is not a new phenomenon,1 but the making of female sexual dysfunction is the freshest, clearest example we have. A cohort of researchers with close ties to drug companies are working with colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry to develop and define a new category of human illness at meetings heavily sponsored by companies racing to develop new drugs. The most recent gathering, featured Pfizer as chief sponsor and Pfizer-friendly researchers as chief speakers. The venue? The Pfizer Foundation Hall for Humanism in Medicine at New York University Medical School.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Issue number7379
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


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